I study how evolutionary processes play out on contemporary timescales in nature. I seek to determine whether traits in natural populations are under selection, and if there is genetic variation for these traits, such that evolution can proceed.
During my PhD, my wife suffered serious strokes that have continuing consequences, including chronic fatigue. Due primarily to the fatigue, my Sheena has generally been unable to work in the last ten years. With Sheena’s long term health considerations - and the addition to our family of our son Richard - I have to contribute substantially to home-life. My career to date, and my specific needs, have been greatly supported by the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews, as well as by specific colleagues here and elsewhere.